Friday on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 (is that show still on?), radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) warned that the expulsion of two black legislators from the Tennessee House of Representatives was part of a larger Republican-led “fascist takeover of our statehouses.”
Host Anderson Cooper said, “I wanted to ask you about what we saw in Tennessee last night. Three legislators who took part in a protest on the floor of the statehouse, not with protesters, but on the actual floor. They had a bullhorn, which clearly was a violation of the rules of decorum. Not something legislators normally do, or would, you know, make sense to have legislators do for good order of actually hearing people’s arguments? That being said, the punishment for two of them was to be expelled. How do you see that? Do you think that really was about the rules of decorum or something else?”
AOC, who lives not in New York but in a state of perpetual hysteria, said, “We know that that it absolutely was not. This is about the fascist takeover of our state houses that Republicans have invested in in the last several decades.
“This is about a naked abuse of power. This is about disenfranchising Democrats in states where there is extreme levels of voter suppression, and it was also about racism. It was deeply about racism, from the comments, the absolutely disrespectful and denigrating comments made to the black members of the Tennessee House to the fact that they that these Republicans voted to expel, after charging three of these members, they expelled two black male legislators, and they voted to acquit in a way, or they voted to not expel the sole white woman, Rep. Gloria Johnson, who has been a phenomenal ally.”
Fact check: the only reason they didn’t expel Johnson was because she did not use the bullhorn. But AOC wants to make it about race.
She concluded, “There is no defense, and we have not heard any rational explanation for why that is, and it’s so important that we recognize this for what it is and that we see this for what it is because if we do not, then we will not take the proper actions to stop it.”
Here’s a thought experiment: imagine the race-mongering AOC’s frothing apoplexy if Republican legislators, especially white ones, had disrupted House proceedings with a bullhorn. She would be shaking with outrage. But because the perpetrators of such a disgraceful, anti-reasoned display were her black comrades, she will back them up with her life. She is the very definition of a partisan ideologue with the soul of a totalitarian.